Temer ready for boos at Olympics
BRAZIL’S interim president Michel Temer said he is fine with the likelihood he will be booed when he appears at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games later this week.
“I am totally ready. As [Brazilian writer] Nelson Rodrigues used to say, in Maracana [Stadium] even the moment of silence gets booed,” Mr Temer told local media on a visit to Porto Alegre, ahead of South America’s first Olympics, which he will open at the fabled football pitch on August 5.
Mr Temer, the vice president who has been acting head of state since May, will preside over the opening ceremony, amid the country’s contentious political situation.
Suspended president Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor and left-wing ally Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have said they will boycott the ceremony.
Ms Rousseff is currently suspended for an impeachment trial for breaking government budget laws, while Mr Lula, who as president was instrumental in Rio’s winning bid as Olympic host, faces serious corruption allegations.
“I have to fulfil my institutional responsibilities. And I also understand the ex-presidents are not going to be in attendance. So the fun part is they can save all the boos just for the president,” Mr Temer quipped. –
Michel Temer will preside over the Olympics opening ceremony on August 5.